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If You Don’t Want 100 Percent Depreciation, Elect Out or Else

As you likely know, the TCJA increased bonus depreciation to 100 percent. Unlike most tax provisions that involve a tax election, this one requires you to elect out if you don’t want it. For example, you (or your corporation) buy two $50,000 trucks, each with a gross...

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COVID-19: Significant Payroll and Self-Employment Tax Relief

If you are in business for yourself—say, as a corporation or self-employed—payroll taxes and self-employment taxes are likely two of your biggest tax burdens. Here’s some possible good news: Congress decided to give you significant relief from these taxes due to the...

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Husband-Wife Partnerships: The Tax Angles

When both members of a married couple participate in an unincorporated business venture, must it be treated as a husband-wife partnership for federal tax purposes? Answer: maybe, or maybe not. Figuring out the answer is important because it can have a huge impact on...

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What you need to know about the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

The Treasury Department and the IRS announced on March 30th that Economic Impact Payments will be distributed in the next few weeks. These payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people; however, some people who typically do not...

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Beat the Unfair $10,000 SALT Cap with a C Corporation

C corporations cause double taxation for business owners, so you probably think you want to avoid them at all costs. And for many of you, this is true, as the S corporation often provides the lower overall tax outcome. But for some of you, the C corporation could...

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Sarasota CPA: Avoid the Gift Tax—Use the Tuition and Medical Strategy

If you or a well-off relative are facing the gift and estate tax, here’s a planning opportunity often overlooked: pay tuition and medical expenses for loved ones. Such payments, structured correctly, do not represent gifts. The monies spent by you on the qualified...

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COVID-19 Update – Treasury Secretary Announcement 03-18-2020

The Treasury Secretary made an announcement yesterday about tax relief due to COVID-19. We expect the IRS to release detailed guidance soon, and we will communicate that information to you once it is available. As of now, this is what we understand based on his...

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Sarasota CPA: Eight Quick Reminders About the SECURE Act

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act changed the landscape for retirement and savings planning.  Don't hesitate to reach out to us, your Sarasota CPA, with any questions. Here are eight important reminders about this new law: You...

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Sarasota CPA: Use Your Business to Maximize Charitable Donations

Giving to your church, school, or other 501(c)(3) charity is a noble act no matter how you choose to give. But for the purposes of tax savings, some forms of giving are much more beneficial to you than are others. As a business owner, you can use some business...

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Sarasota CPA: Charitable Contributions Guide

Charitable Organizations Qualified charitable organizations include nonprofit groups that are religious, charitable, educational, scientific, or literary in purpose, or that work to prevent cruelty to children or animals. Examples of Qualified Organizations include: •...

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